Today's collection of independent game links includes more indie game previews, a couple of development updates, and interviews with developers from around the 'net. (image source)

The Witness: A new lecture about game design
"This talk is called Games and the Human Condition; it was given at Rice University on September 27, 2010. It's about 'best practices' of modern game design that I find unsettling, and the way in which 'social games' and 'gamification' are destructive."

Oxeye Game Studio: Cobalt Development Video
"In this first of hopefully many development videos for Cobalt, we demonstrate some of the features for the map editor."

GameSetWatch: Retro/Grade Dev's Indie Game, Marriage Proposal
"Matt Gilgenbach (developer of Retro/Grade) submitted another project for the IGF competition this year: A Mobius Proposal, a co-op puzzle platformer. Entering Mobius Proposal into the IGF was secondary, though, as Gilgenbach created the game as a way to propose to his girlfriend, Joanne."

Gamasutra: Minecraft Server Hit By DDoS Attack, Update Motive Alleged
"The home page for recent indie success story Minecraft were hit with a distributed denial of service attack this week, supposedly orchestrated by fans of the game demanding more updates from creator Markus Persson."

8bitX Radio Network: Radio Free Gamer Interviews Danny Baranowsky (video)
"Justin Johnston from Radio Free Gamer on 8BitX interviews Danny Baranowsky about his soundtrack for the newly-released Super Meat Boy."

Play This Thing: A project of multiple dev generations at IGF 2011
"Newcomer was started in 1990 for the Commodore 64 home computer by three Hungarian developers. By now, all of them are in their mid-forties. The ultimate version of Newcomer will be released this year for free on the Commodore 64, PC, Mac, and Linux platforms."

GameSetWatch: Gaijin Games' Bit.Trip Fate Releases Today
"Bit.Trip Fate, the fifth release in Gaijin Games' planned six-game series, releases on WiiWare today, this time dropping Commander Video into a side-scrolling shoot 'em up with a twist: the game is played on-rails, and you'll need to ride back and forth on a predetermined line to dodge shots. You can grab it for 800 points today on WiiWare."